Faculty in BSS conduct collaborative research across disciplines with a substantive focus on behavioral health issues related to Alcohol Use and Misuse; Chronic Disease Prevention and Management; Drug Use and Misuse; Global Health; Health Disparities and Health Equity; HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Reproductive Health; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health; Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity; and Smoking and Tobacco Use. 

Primary Appointments
Public Health Practice and Clinical Faculty
Secondary Appointments
Adjunct Faculty and Research Associates
In Memorium

Department Chair:  Christopher W. Kahler, Ph.D.

Primary Appointments

Jasjit Ahluwalia
Minority health and health disparities; nicotine addiction and smoking cessation (pharmacotherapy and behavioral interventions) in African Americans; mentoring and career development

Elizabeth Aston
Assistant Professor (Research) 
Behavioral and pharmacological effects of marijuana; co-use of marijuana and alcohol; behavioral economics of substance use

Nancy Barnett
Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs 
Brief alcohol interventions; naturalistic change in problematic alcohol use; alcohol biosensor technology research; computer-based assessment and intervention; adolescent and young adult populations

Sara Becker
Associate Professor (Research) 
Adolescent substance use; Direct-to-consumer marketing of evidence-based interventions; Dissemination and implementation approaches

Katie Biello
Associate Professor (Research) 
HIV/STI prevention in marginalized populations, both domestically and internationally; social and sexual network analysis; social and behavioral determinants of health; racial/ethnic, gender, and sexual minority health inequities

Kate Carey
Professor; Doctoral Graduate Program Director
Screening and brief interventions for at-risk drinkers; understanding mediators and moderators of intervention effects; social influences (e.g., perceived norms) on drinking behavior; assessing and enhancing motivation to change; alcohol’s effects on HIV risk behaviors

Rachel Cassidy 
Assistant Professor (Research) 
Tobacco regulatory research; Adolescent smoking; e-cigarette use behaviors; smoking cessation; behavioral economics.  

Mark A. Celio
Assistant Professor (Research) 
Uses qualitative and experimental methodology to better understand alcohol influences on sexual decision making.

 Patricia Cioe
Assistant Professor 
HIV; smoking cessation; health promotion; cardiovascular risk; behavior change.

Shira Dunsiger
Assistant Professor (Research)
Advanced statistical methodology; Mediators and moderators of treatment effects; Patterns of behavior change; Methods for analyzing longitudinal incomplete binary data; Effects of Adherence on Behavioral Outcomes.

Angelo DiBello
Assistant Professor

Abigail Harrison
Associate Professor (Research)
Global health; social and contextual determinants of HIV/AIDS in South Africa; adolescent sexual risk behaviors and the transition to adulthood; gender, fertility and reproductive health; health disparities and structural interventions; qualitative and mixed methods research.

Lynn Hernandez
Assistant Professor (Research)
Culturally appropriate intervention development, ethnocultural moderators of treatment outcomes; adolescents’ substance use and sexual risk trajectories

Kristina Jackson
Professor (Research)
Developmental course, alcohol, initiation, progression, trajectories, adolescents, alcohol-tobacco comorbidity; longitudinal methodology and analysis, fine-grained data collection

Christopher Kahler
Professor; Department Chair
Smoking cessation; brief alcohol interventions; co-use of alcohol and tobacco; personality, affect, and addictions; alcohol and HIV/AIDS; positive psychology and positive psychotherapy

Akilah (Keita) Dulin 
Assistant Professor
Neighborhood contexts of diet, physical activity, and obesity-related comorbidities; processes of neighborhood dynamics resulting from urban revitalization policies and public health interventions and the potential effects on the aforementioned behavioral and health outcomes; mixed methods approaches to identifying culturally appropriate childhood obesity interventions for under-served Asian populations; the roles of psychosocial stressors on health behaviors and cardiovascular disease risk factors

Caroline Kuo
Associate Professor 
Family behavioral and psychosocial interventions; culturally and contextually appropriate intervention adaptation and development; new HIV prevention strategies in vulnerable global populations; community-engaged HIV research and dissemination

Hector Lopez-Vergara 
Assistant Professor

Molly Magill
Associate Professor (Research)
Addictions treatment, behavioral or psychosocial interventions, longitudinal data-analysis; mechanisms of behavior change; mediators/moderators of treatment outcomes; process research

Bess Marcus

Rosemarie Ann Martin
Assistant Professor 
Contingency management; motivating behavior change; design and methodology in substance abuse research, treating substance abuse in HIV+ persons

Matthew Meisel
Assistant Professor
Social network analysis; emerging adults; respondent-driven sampling and other sample methods; alcohol misuse and alcohol-related consequences; nonmedical use of prescription drugs; co-use of alcohol and other drugs; health disparities.

Jennifer Merrill 
Associate Professor 
Alcohol misuse and consequences among young adults; subjective evaluations of alcohol-related consequences; use of ecological momentary assessment to understand young adult drinking; brief alcohol interventions. 

Jane Metrik
Associate Professor (Research)
Pharmacological and psychological bases of acute effects of marijuana on behavior and decision-making process; genetic factors and other individual differences characterizing users most vulnerable to development of cannabis use disorders; alcohol marijuana interactions and cross-reactivity

Matthew Mimiaga 
Professor; Director, Center for Health Equity Research 
HIV/AIDS and infectious disease epidemiology; sexual and gender minority health; mental health and substance use disorders (behavioral medicine and psychiatric epidemiology); and global health

Mollie Monnig
Assistant Professor 

Alcohol and drug effects on brain white matter, neurometabolism, and cognition; alcohol use in the context of HIV infection; inflammatory biomarkers.

Peter M. Monti
Donald G. Miller Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Addiction Studies; Director, Centor for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
Alcohol treatment; brief interventions; mechanisms of change; cue reactivity; pharmacotherapy; adolescent use and abuse; alcohol and HIV/AIDs

Jennifer Nazareno
Assistant Professor 


Amy Nunn
Associate Professor; Executive Director, RI Public Health Institute
Racial disparities in HIV infection and linkage to care in the US; working with faith and other community leaders to eradicate racial disparities in HIV infection in the US; access to medicines and other technologies in developing countries, and community-based research and mobilization.

Don Operario
Professor; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
HIV prevention in high-risk communities - domestic and international; behavioral/social determinants of health in race/ethnic, gender and sexual minority populations

Jennifer Pellowski
Assitant Professor
HIV treatment adherence; sexual and reproductive health of women; culturally and contextually appropriate behavioral intervention design and evaluation; social and contextual determinants of health.

Patricia Risica
Associate Professor
Obesity, nutritional epidemiology and eating behaviors; the influence of location of fat on the body with disease risk; weight gain during pregnancy and keeping weight after pregnancy; breastfeeding; and diabetes, heart disease and obesity among African American women, in addition to Alaska Natives and other native peoples around the polar parts of the globe.

Damaris Rohsenow
Professor (Research) 
Pharmacotherapy and behavioral treatment for smoking among substance abusers; effects of pharmacotherapies for alcohol or smoking on mechanisms of effect; cue reactivity; measures development for alcohol, smoking, cocaine use/abuse/treatment; behavioral treatments for cocaine dependence

Rochelle Rosen
Assistant Professor 
Design of culturally relevant health behavior interventions using qualitative methodology; health research in the Pacific islands of American Samoa; vaginal microbicide acceptability

Cynthia Rosengard
Associate Professor (Research)
Understanding contextual influences on adolescents' and young adults' sexual and reproductive health behaviors. Development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidenced-based interventions to decrease sexually-transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.

Jacob Vandenberg
Assistant Professor (Research)
The development and evaluation of community-based behavioral and biomedical health interventions for underserved and marginalized groups. Advancing the integration of health informatics (eHealth/mHealth) and behavioral strategies for preventing HIV/STIs among MSM. 

Tara White
Assistant Professor (Research)
Neural basis of individual differences in emotion and drug effects using fMRI, monoamine challenge; validated laboratory assessments of temperament, affect and behavior

David Williams
Associate Professor; Master's Graduate Program Director
Role of affect in health behavior; exercise promotion; smoking cessation; health behavior theory testing and development

Tyler Wray
Assistant Professor 
Using technology to prevent HIV/STIs and improve care; Alcohol and HIV; Statistical learning; Adaptive ecological and “just-in-time” interventions; User-centered design; Addictions; Healthcare use and adherence

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Public Health Practice and Clinical Faculty

John Fulton
Clinical Associate Professor 

Medeva Ghee
Assistant Professor of the Practice
The Leadership Alliance

Chad Gwaltney 
Assistant Professor of the Practice

Allison Minugh
Clinical Assistant Professor

Daniel Squires 
Assistant Professor of the Practice

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Secondary Appointments

Bruce Becker
Professor of Medicine
Smoking cessation in the clinical setting; ADHD/ADD, injuries, and treatment adherence; Improving IV Cannulatioin in children and adults in the Emergency Department

Beth Bock
Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research)
Developing and testing innovative interventions for smoking cessation, exercise promotion, with an emphasis on the use of computer-based and mobile technologies to promote health behavior change.  Development of new behavioral theory to enhance our understanding of the process of decision making for stopping drug use among incarcerated individuals. 

Willoughby Britton
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research)
Sleep, emotional disturbances, and new treatment/prevention strategies for mood disorders. The neurophysiological effects of mindfulness meditation in depression, including executive, affective, sleep, EEG, and endocrine functioning.

Michael Carey
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Behavioral assessment and interventions for sexual risk reduction, HIV/STD prevention, and sexual health promotion; mechanisms of health behavior change; health promotion for multiple health behaviors; health disparities.

Suzanne Colby
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)
Laboratory and clinical studies, treatment development, and instrumentation research related to adolescent and young adult substance use disorders. Innovative interventions targeting heavy drinking, HIV risk behavior, and smoking in various poplulations including adolescents, young adults, adults receiving emergency medical care, and adults with schizophrenia.

Kate M. Guthrie
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research) 
HIV/STI prevention and reproductive health: evaluating user sensory perceptions and experiences of biomedical prevention technologies, such as vaginal and rectal microbicides and multipurpose prevention technologies; assessing product perceptibility, acceptability and use behaviors (adherence); biomedical prevention technology design and development; assessment and prevention intervention development.

Carolina Haass-Koffler
Assistant Professor (Research) 
Transitional research (neuroscience-human laboratory studies) examining biobehavioral mechanisms of addiction, focus on: stress (HPA/extrahypothalamic), neuroendocrine pathways (brain-gut axis, ghrelin, leptin, insulin) and ethanol pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics modeling.

Valerie Knopik
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior  (Research)
The joint effects and interaction of genetic and environmental (specifically prenatal and early postnatal) risk factors on childhood externalizing behavior (e.g., Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder) and associated learning and cognitive deficits.

Eric Loucks
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Research focuses on elucidating biological mechanisms by which social factors such as mindfulness, education, and early life adversity may influence cardiovascular disease. Dr. Loucks has generated research findings that have helped to better understand how biological factors such as inflammatory markers, epigenetics, blood pressure, obesity, lipids, amongst others, may be important mechanisms through which social factors could influence cardiovascular disease. He is now increasingly moving into practical applications of the work, including randomized controlled trials of mindfulness interventions for cardiovascular disease risk reduction.

Lori A.J. Scott-Sheldon
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)
Methodological and statistical tools for evidence-based medicine; meta-analysis; measurement; stress and coping; alcohol; novel tobacco products; tobacco regulatory science; sexual health; HIV/AIDS.

Laura Stroud
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)
Biobehavioral mechanisms of risk for depression and addiction (smoking/nicotine dependence); focus on child/adolescent and perinatal-fetal-infant transitions; physiological (HPA, neuroendocrine) responses to stress  in children/adolescents, infants, and pregnant mothers; HPA and fMRI response to social stressors in relation to risk for depression/addiction, maternal smoking and depression during pregnancy and effects on fetal and infant stress response and neurobehavior, emergence of sex differences in depression across the adolescent transition.

Jennifer Tidey
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research) 
Tobacco regulatory science; smoking and other drug use in people with psychiatric illness; human behavioral pharmacology laboratory research; contingency management.

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Adjunct Faculty and Research Associates

Timothy Apodaca
Associate Professor
University of Missouri

Belinda Borrelli
Boston University

Brian Borsari 
University of California, San Francisco

Jordan Braciszewski
Assistant Professor
PIRE Decision Sciences Institute

Catherine Dube
Associate Professor
UMass Medical School

Christianne Esposito-Smythers
Assistant Professor 
George Mason University

Kristi Gamarel
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan School of Public Health

Kim Gans 
University of Connecticut

Irene Glasser
Research Associate

Bettina Hoeppner
Assistant Professor
Mass General Hospital

John Kelly
Associate Professor
Mass General Hospital

Susan Kiene
San Diego State University

William Lechner
Asstitant Professor
Kent State University

Lorenzo Leggio
National Institutes of Health

Kimberly Leite-Morris
Assistant Professor 
Boston University School of Medicine

James MacKillop
McMaster University

Ethan Mereish
Assistant Professor
American University

Nadine Mastroleo 
Assistant Professor
SUNY Binghamton

Mary Beth Miller 
Adjunct Assistant Professor
University of Missouri

Sarah Nadimpalli
Research Associate

Allecia Reid
Assistant Professor
Colby College

Sarah Skeels
Teaching Associate
Tufts University

Nichea Spillane 
Assistant Professor 
University of Rhode Island

Lynda Stein 
University of Rhode Island

Alison Tovar 
Assistant Professor
University of Rhode Island

Golfo Tzilos
Assistant Professor

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Lynn Epstein
Clinical Professor

Donald Giddon
Clinical Professor

David Lewis

Lois Monteiro

William Rakowski 

In Memoriam

Albert Wesson
Professor Emeritus

Mark Wood
Professor, University of Rhode Island

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Professor and Chair Chris Kahler received the 2015 Dean's Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching in Public HealthProfessor and Chair Chris Kahler received the 2015 Dean's Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching in Public Health